Re: Optimizing stack access for a stack based VM

Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1@aol.com>
Thu, 13 Sep 2007 22:45:45 +0200

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From: Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1@aol.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 22:45:45 +0200
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 07-09-030 07-09-043
Keywords: storage, optimize, comment

Louis Krupp wrote:


> I do know that the earlier machines in this series (Burroughs B6700)
> kept the top two words of the stack (and their double precision
> extensions) in registers and the rest of the stack in memory. Later
> machines cached the top n words of the stack, which made stack access
> faster.


AFAIR a 16 bit TI microprocessor also used the top 16 entries on the
stack as registers. Perhaps this architecture reflected the Burroughs
machine?


DoDi
[That seems to be pretty typical. The HP3000 kept the top several elements
of the stack in registers as well. -John]


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